Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Check out the fun posts in this week's Frugal Round-up...

I'm loving this simple wood table runner shared by Blooming Homestead!  Such a fantastic idea and an easy DIY!

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Thankful Thursday~

Hello Lovelies~

I am thankful for so many things in my life.  So as I sat pondering what it was that I wanted to share with you today for Thankful Thursday, I had a hard time narrowing it down.  But then I thought of the blog.  Of the fact that I can share my thoughts with people all over the world.  This blog has been a blessing to me in so many ways, I would be ungrateful indeed if I didn't include it as a part of Thankful Thursday.

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The First Glimpse of Christmas~

It has been our family tradition since the kiddos were tiny to go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down our tree.  This year, with our new house, I decided that it would be nice to have more than one tree.  A formal tree for the living room and a fun tree in the family room.  Not being willing to give up on the tradition of cutting down a tree, I decided that the live tree would go in the family room, but I liked the idea of a fake tree for the living room.  Especially since the room is "cozier" (read that as small) and I thought a slim tree would work well.

The tree I chose is a 7' tall slim tree from Balsam Hill and it's the perfect size.  So I was really excited when I pulled it out and set it up.  That's when I started wishing I had chosen a pre-lit tree.  (They make those now, Wendy).  But no, some inexplicable side of me wanted to put the lights on the tree myself so I opted for an unlit version.

I pulled out the Christmas lights and started wrapping the tree with them.  I was enjoying myself and the tree was quickly filling up with lights.  My rule of thumb is approximately 1 strand of 100 lights for each foot of tree.  I had more than enough strands.  Or so I thought.  Until one didn't light, and another one burnt out.  You see it coming, right?  I only got lights up half the tree, when I realized that I was going to have to run to the store.

I packed the boys in the car and we ventured out in the freezing cold (of course it was the coldest day of the year so far) to run to the grocery store for lights.  I bought three packs.  It would be the perfect amount to finish the tree.  I got them home and my youngest helped me pull them out of the box.  In my haste, I had purchased lights with white cord.  Sigh.

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